My GP (general practitioner) refused to explain my blood test which was for RA (Positive Factor) I got the feeling he didn't know how to read the test results.
Consequently every GP at my last (NHS Clinic) informed something different. They do not accept RA flare-ups.
Since my late 30s I have had swollen/painful feet and legs. GPs suggested its wear and tear (I know it seemed weird to be told at 30 something especially since I did not live a fast life or sporty one) while some said it looked like an infection. Now I am more or less homebound since I am unable to wear shoes and walk when there's flare-up- and the last GP would not accept my request for a GP home visit. I also have trouble with kidneys whereby I am not frequenting the ladies as often as I should however when I do, it is dark. None of the GPs have looked at my urine or considered referring my case to a RA specialist (one GP did refer me to RA Specialist but another GP at the same clinic cancelled it without notification to me)
I would appreciate advice on the matter and do I have anything to worry about? Does RA appear one year and disappear another year? The chemist that checked out the blood tests said its criminal how the GPs have behaved towards me.
It really feels bad to hear how the patient is left out of the care process. It seems that mothing has really been explained to you☹️ and still it is your body😡What you need to know are the results of your blood tests, and you must insist that they are explained to you, its your right. The RF possitive result in it self only means you have a probability of RA. Together with anti CCP another important diagnostic tool raises the probability. If you have other inflammation markers raised in your blood and joint symptoms then the probability of RA is high.
Thank you for your reply and advice. Yes I have since registered with a new clinic and will try to request a referral (the previous clinic didn't approval of referrals so I hear because of money leaving their clinic, something about NHS funding clause) This previous clinic also failed to inform me that I have hypothyroidism. I have deficiency in Vitamin B12 since years (the same GP said I had RA, said I could only be treated to the injection type of VitB12 which I was severely allergic to...no apologises for this. I was told years ago that I had 2000 plus allergies and it would be a trial and error method of finding out what is and what is not a problem for me...basically I should live in a bubble according the specialist. I decided to self medicate with pure vegan vitamin B12 ((Dr Best) which caused same allergic reaction. I never did do well with manmade vitamins/drugs. The GP who alerted me to RA etc left the clinic after referring me.